Francis-Bergoglio will visit DC Sept. 22-25. Obama hints at what he expects to speak with Pope Francis.

Two peas in the same pod. Socialist degenerates.

Two peas in the same pod. Socialist degenerates.

Pope Francis will visit Washington, D.C. Sept. 22 to Sept. 25, the Archdiocese of Washington confirmed on Tuesday. President Obama hinted at what he expects to speak with Pope Francis when they meet in September at the White House, including poverty, climate change and conflict in the Middle East.

Obama said they will likely talk about reducing conflict and reducing war in the Middle East “where Christians have been viciously attacked.” Pope Francis has become a force in foreign policy, regularly speaking out against the persecution of Christians.

The leaders will also likely talk about climate change, Obama said in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal. Pope Francis is poised to weigh in on climate change with an encyclical this summer.

The following section is from the Journal’s interview released today.

Seib: What are you going to tell him? What do you expect he’s going to want to tell you?

Obama: Well, I’ve had the honor of meeting him already once, an extraordinary individual, I think, a transformative leader, not just within the Catholic Church but globally.

You know, in our last conversation, we spent a lot of time talking about issues of poverty and how we help the least of these across the globe, and I suspect that that’s a theme that he’s going to continue to be interested in. We’re going to talk about climate change, I’m sure, because he is very clear that part of the Church’s teachings and part of my faith is we have to be good stewards of this incredible planet that we have been given, and there are steps that can be taken there, and the vulnerabilities of the poorest of the poor when it comes to climate change if we don’t help deal with the issue.

And I think issues of war and peace. You know, he is somebody who rightly, I think, expresses concerns about reducing conflict and reducing war, including in the Middle East, where Christians have been viciously attacked. And we consult with the Church very closely about how we can protect religious minorities in some of these war zones.

The two are expected to meet on Sept. 23 at the White House, reunited since they first met in March 2014 at the Vatican. Pope Francis is also expected to celebrate an outdoor Mass at Catholic University on Sept. 23.

Plans for Francis’ visit also include an address to Congress on Sept. 24 and address to the United Nations on Sept. 25 in New York City. He is expected to celebrate an outdoor Mass in Philadelphia around the events of the World Meeting of Families.

Pope Francis is also planning to visit Cuba ahead of his trip to the United States.

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WTH?? KNEEL BEFORE THE POOR!!

Resist Bergoglio

Resist Bergoglio.

Commie Bergoglio: Christians should kneel before the poor!

Pope Francis said on Tuesday that poverty is the great teaching Jesus gave us and we can find his face among the poor and needy. Stressing that the poor are not a burden but a resource, he said he wished that both the city of Rome and the local Church community could be more attentive, caring and considerate towards those in need and that Christians could knee before a poor person. The Pope’s words came during a video message which was broadcast at a charity theater performance organized by Caritas Roma.

“If it were not for you” was the title of the fund-raising performance at Rome’s Brancaccio theater where the cast were not professional actors but instead the poor and needy who are being sheltered at Caritas hostels in the capital. The performers explored the theme of love that included unhappy love stories, the love they bear for their children and parents, for life and for God.

In his video message Pope Francis told the performers that they will be conveying a precious teaching not just on the theme of love, but also on our need for each other, on solidarity and how amidst all the difficulties we can discover God’s love for us.

Poverty, he said, is the great teaching that Jesus gave us and he assured the performers that they are never a burden for us. Instead they represent a resource without which our attempts to discover the face of Jesus would be in vain.

He concluded his address by saying how much he wished that the city of Rome could shine with the light of its compassion and its welcome for those who are suffering, who are fleeing from war and death,  and respond with a smile to all those who have lost hope. Pope Francis said he wished for the same on the part of the Church community in Rome so that it may be more attentive, caring and considerate towards the poor and vulnerable and recognize in them the face of our Lord.

How I wish, he said, that Christians could kneel in veneration when a poor person enters the church. (?!)

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Vatican hosts two leading pro-abortion, population control activists at climate conference

By their fruits you shall know them. St. Matthew 7:16

By their fruits you shall know them. St. Matthew 7:16

(LifeSiteNews.com) — Two of the world’s leading pro-abortion advocates were addressing a Vatican workshop on the environment today.

At the same time, a press conference at the Palazzo Cesi, in Rome, organised by the Heartland Institute, was addressed by two leading SPUC officials on behalf of Voice of the Family, warning that the population control lobby was advancing its agenda by means of the workshop held today by the Pontifical Academy for Sciences.

The following statement was delivered by Patrick Buckley, UN envoy of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, who was joined in Rome by Maria Madise, SPUC’s international manager and manager of Voice of the Family:

Voice of the Family statement on the workshop “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity. The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development” held at the Pontifical Academy for Sciences, 28th May 2015 

We wish to express our grave concern at the presence of Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary General, and Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, at the Vatican workshop Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity. The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development held by the Pontifical Academy for Sciences (PAS), Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Religions for Peace on April 28th 2015 in anticipation of the new papal encyclical on the environment.

Ban Ki Moon and Professor Jeffrey Sachs are noted advocates of abortion who operate at the highest levels of the United Nations.

The Vatican workshop aims to “raise awareness and build a consensus that the values of sustainable development cohere with values of the leading religious traditions, with a special focus on the most vulnerable.”

Unfortunately, pro-life and pro-family advocates who lobby at the UN have witnessed the environmental issues become an umbrella to cover a wide spectrum of attacks on human life and the family. These attacks pose an immediate threat to the lives of the most vulnerable – the unborn, the disabled and the elderly – as well as grave violations of parental rights.

In light of the attacks on innocent human life witnessed at the UN under the guise of environmental concerns, we are troubled to note the Vatican workshop’s desire “to help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond”. This timetable exactly coincides with the negotiations of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN, which include strong attacks on life and family. The SDG agenda will determine the direction and financial aid for the third world countries for the next 15 years.

Understandably the population control, pro-abortion lobby must be feeling very much empowered by the influence being exercised in the Vatican by two of the culture of death’s leading figures, Ban Ki Moon and Professor Jeffrey Sachs, especially just before the publication of an encyclical on the environment.

Ban Ki-Moon, who is one of the main speakers at the workshop at the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences, has on many occasions promoted the so-called “right” to abortion worldwide. (1) He also issued a controversial new report this year on sexual violence in conflict zones, which was critical of the lack of “safe abortion” in many conflict situations. The directive openly defies the consensus at the UN that abortion is an issue that should be left to individual nations.

Dr Jeffrey Sachs, who is also addressing the meeting, is a well-known international proponent of population control and abortion. (2) Sachs is one of the architects of the millennium development goals and a member of the Executive Board of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The Network has proposed draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which contain provisions that are radically antagonistic to the right to life from conception to natural death, to the rights and dignity of the family and to the rights of parents as the primary educators of their children.

Our concerns relate specifically to Goals 4 and 5.

Goal 4 is to “achieve gender equality, social inclusion, and human rights for all”. The call for an end to preventable deaths of infants and children under the age of 5 excludes unborn children, despite the fact that the Convention on the Rights of the Child in its preamble recognises that “The child by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.”

Goal 4d, which states “Ensure universal sexual and reproductive health and rights” is completely unacceptable. Such language is routinely used by the international pro-abortion and population control lobby to refer to the legalization of abortion on demand and access for children, without parental knowledge or consent, to abortion and birth control drugs and devices in countries throughout the world. (3)

Goal 5, “Achieve Health and Wellbeing at all ages”, also includes a reference to sexual and reproductive health and family planning. (4)

In the light of all that has been said, it will be clear why Catholic families all over the world are greatly concerned that Vatican institutions may embrace the language of the United Nations, which, on the surface, speaks of protecting the environment while in reality providing cover for an anti-life and anti-family agenda. Any discussion on the environment must stem from understanding that the family, defined correctly, is the key to sustainable development, particularly at this time when the Synod on the Family has been called by Pope Francis to consider problems facing the family.

The family according to article 16.3 of the Universal Declaration (1948) is the “natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State”.

Furthermore, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda must take account of the family; this is, in fact, recognised by the UN Secretary General’s 2011 Family Report. (5)

Accordingly, Voice of the Family proposes that the SDGs should contain a goal to strengthen the family and include realistic targets in that regard.

The holding of this vitally important conference in the Vatican at this crucial time in-between the two family synods and in the lead-up to the publication of the Sustainable Development Goals, and with the participation of these leading international pro-abortion advocates, is all the more worrying in the light of the most recent statement of Hilary Clinton saying, effectively, that opposition to abortion must cease to exist, even in the teaching of the Church.

We wish to place on record our view that, in any international agreement concerning the future of the human family, it is indispensable to assert the obligation for states to provide for the legal protection of the right to life of every human being from the moment of conception until natural death and to uphold the family as the fundamental group unit of society.

Footnotes

(1) In September 2010 at the Human Rights Council in Geneva and Navanethem Pillay, the then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, launched a report “on discrimination against women, in law and practice, and how the issue is addressed throughout the United Nations human rights system”. In that report they called for the policing of nations worldwide to “address the refusal of physicians to perform legal abortions”

(2) In his book Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet Paperback – 26 Mar 2009 which deals with “global warming, poverty, war, deforestation and mass extinctions”, Sachs argues for legalised abortion.

(3) For example, in a speech on October 12th 2009, Wellington Webb, appointed by Barack Obama as special adviser to the US mission to the United Nations, confirmed that the Obama administration will be promoting legalised abortion throughout the world, targeting adolescents in a worldwide abortion drive. The ambassador was speaking at the UN’s 15th anniversary commemoration of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). His speech expressly committed the US government to promoting “access to reproductive health commodities and services for adolescents”. Webb stated: “President Obama, Secretary Clinton and Ambassador Rice have all underscored the strong support of the United States for human rights, women’s rights and reproductive rights as well as universal access to reproductive health and family planning”.

Hillary Clinton, Obama’s appointee as US Secretary of State, had already made it clear that when the US government speaks of reproductive health, it’s a term which includes access to abortion. In April, 2009, Hilary Clinton told Congressman Chris Smith at a hearing of the US Congress Foreign Affairs Committee “We happen to think that family planning is an important part of women’s health and reproductive health includes access to abortion … ”

(4) http://unsdsn.org/resources/goals-and-targets/

(5) “The majority of the Millennium Development targets, especially those relating to the reduction of poverty, education of children and reduction in maternal mortality, are difficult to attain unless the strategies to achieve them focus on the family.” (SG Family Report 2011 (A/66/62–E/2011/4)

“The stability and cohesiveness of communities and societies largely rest on the strength of the family.” (SG Family Report 2011 (A/66/62–E/2011/4)

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Bergoglio says its ‘scandalous’ that women earn less than men for the same job!

equal pay

Pope Francis has added his voice to the feminist anthem of equal pay for equal work, saying it’s “scandalous” that women earn less than men for doing the same job.

Francis also lambasted the attitude of some who blame the crisis in families on women getting out of the house to work. He says such attitudes are a form of “machismo” that shows how men “want to dominate women.”

Francis made the comments during his Wednesday general audience. He has devoted the past few months of his weekly catechism lessons to exploring different aspects of family life.

Francis says husband and wife must be complementary: “We should support with decisiveness the right to equal pay for equal work. Why is it a given that women must earn less than men?”

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WEDNESDAY OCTAVE DAY OF THE SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH – Mass Propers

Holy St. Joseph

O glorious St. Joseph! Father and Protector of the Faithful, we bless our Mother the Church, for that she, now that the world is drawing to the close of its existence, has taught us to confide in thee. Many ages passed away, and thy glories had not been made known to the world; but even then, thou wast one of mankind’s most powerful intercessors. Most affectionately didst thou fulfil thy office as head of the great human family, whereof the Incarnate Word was a member. Nations and individuals experienced the benefit of thy prayers; but there was not the public acknowledgment of thy favours, — there was not the homage of gratitude, which is now offered to thee. The more perfect knowledge of thy glories, and, the honouring thee as the Protector of mankind, — these were reserved for our own unhappy times, when the state of the world is such as to require help beyond that which was granted to former ages. We come before thee, O Joseph! to honour the unlimited power of thine intercession, and the love thou bearest for all the children of the Church, the Brethren of Jesus. Thou, O Mary! art pleased at seeing us honour him, whom thou didst so tenderly love. Never are our prayers so welcome to thee, as when they are presented to thee by his hands. The union, formed by heaven between thyself and Joseph, will last for all eternity; and the unbounded love thou hast for Jesus is an additional motive for thee’ to love him who was the Foster-father of thy Child, and the Guardian of thy Virginity. — O Joseph, we also are the children of Mary, thy Spouse; treat us as such, bless us, watch over us, and receive the prayers which now more than ever, the Church encourages us to present to thee.

Thou art the pillar of the world,” — columen mundi; thou art one of the foundations whereon it rests ; because of thy merits and prayers, our Lord has patience with it, in spite of the iniquities which defile it. How truly may we say of these our times: There is now no saint; — truths are decayed from among the children of men! How powerful then, must not thine intercession be, to avert the indignation of God, and induce him to show us his mercy ! Grow not weary of thy labour, O thou universal Protector! The Church of thy Jesus comes before thee, on this day, beseeching thee to persevere in thy task of love. See this world of ours, now it is become one great volcano of danger by the boasted liberty granted to sin and heresy! Delay not thine aid, but quickly procure for us what will give us security and peace. Whatever may be our necessities, thou art willing and able to assist us. We may be the poorest and last among the children of the Church; it matters not; thou lovest us with all the affectionate compassion of a Father. What a joy is not this to our hearts, O Joseph! — We will therefore turn to thee in our spiritual wants. We will beg thee to assist us in the gaining the virtues we stand in need of, in the battles we have to fight against the enemies of our souls, and in the sacrifices which duty asks at our hands. Make us worthy to be called thy Children, O thou Father of the Faithful! Nor is thy power limited to what regards our eternal welfare; daily experience shows us how readily thou canst procure for us the blessing of God upon our temporal interests, provided they are in accordance with his divine will. Hence it is, that we hope for thy protection and aid in what concerns our worldly prospects. The house of Nazareth was confided to thy care; deign to give counsel and help to all them that make thee the Patron of all that regards their earthly well-being.  Glorious Guardian of the Holy Family, the family of Christendom is placed under thy special Patronage; watch over it in these troubled times. Hear the prayers of them that seek thine aid, when about to choose the partner who is to share with them the joys and the sorrows of this world, and help them to prepare for their passage to eternity. Maintain between husbands and wives that mutual respect, which is the safeguard of their fidelity to each other. Obtain for them the pledge of heaven’s blessings. Fill them with such reverence for the holy state to which they have been called, that they may never deserve the reproach given by St. Paul to certain married people of that day, whom he compares to heathens, who know not God. Grant us, also, Joseph, another favour. There is one moment of our lives, which is the most important of all, since eternity depends upon it: it is the moment of our Death. And yet we feel our fear abated by the thought, that God’s mercy has made thee the special Patron of the Dying. Thou hast been intrusted with the office of making Death happy and holy to those who invoke thee. To whom could such a prerogative have been given more appropriately than to thee, O Joseph, whose admirable death was one of the sublimest spectacles ever witnessed by Angels or by men, for Jesus and Mary were by thy side, as thou didst breathe forth thy soul. Be, then, our helper at that awful hour of our Death. We hope to have Mary’s protection, for we daily pray to her that she would aid us at the hour of our Death ; but we know that Mary is pleased at our having confidence in thee, and that where thou art, she also is sure to be. Encouraged by thy fatherly love, O Joseph! We will calmly await the coming of our last hour; for if we are careful in recommending it to thee, thou wilt not fail to take it under thy protection.

The Liturgical Year – Dom Gueranger, O.S.B

      April 29 Saint Peter The Martyr

  St. Peter of Verona. Martyr

Saint Peter of Verona O.P. (1206 – April 6, 1252), also known as Saint Peter Martyr, was a 13th-century Italian Catholic priest. He was a Dominican friar and a celebrated preacher. He served as Inquisitor in Lombardy, was killed by an assassin, and was canonized as a Catholic saint 11 months after his death, making this the fastest canonization in history.

SOLEMNITY OF ST. JOSEPH – OCTAVE DAY

SPOUSE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, CONFESSOR
AND PATRON OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH
With a commemoration of St. Peter of Verona, Martyr

DOUBLE/MAJOR FEAST / WHITE VESTMENTS

I will go in unto the altar of God. Unto God who giveth joy to my youth…

I will go in unto the altar of God. Unto God who giveth joy to my youth…

INTROIT – Psalm 32: 20, 21

Adjutor, et protector noster est Dominus: ideo laetabitur cor nostrum, et in nomine sancto ejus speravimus, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.  Qui regis Israel, intende: qui deducis, velut ovem, Joseph. V. Gloria Patri .

Adjutor, et protector noster est Dominus . . .

The Lord is our helper and protector: in Him our heart shall rejoice, and in His holy Name we have trusted, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.  (Ps. 79. 1). Give ear, O Thou that rulest Israel: Thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep. V. Glory be to the Father.

The Lord is our helper and protector . . .

COLLECT

O God, who in Thine unspeakable Providence wast pleased to choose blessed Joseph for the Spouse of Thy Most Holy Mother: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom we honor as our protector upon earth. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost.

Tomb in Basilica of Sant'Eustorgio, Milan

2nd COLLECT – Peter of Verona, Martyr

Praesta quæsumus omnípotens Deus: ut beáti Petri Mártyris tui fidem cóngrua devotióne sectémur; qui, pro ejúsdem fidei dilatatióne, martyrii palmam méruit obtinére. Per Dóminum.

Grant we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we may honor the faith of blessed Peter, Thy martyr, with fitting devotion, as he by the spread of the same faith was found worthy to obtain the palm of martyrdom. Through our Lord.

EPISTLE –  Genesis 49: 22-26

Lesson from the Book of Genesis.

Joseph was a growing son, a growing son, and comely to behold: the daughters run to and fro upon the wall. But they that held darts provoked him, and quarreled with him and envied him. His bow rested upon the strong, and the bands of his arms and his hands were loosed, by the hands of the mighty one of Jacob: thence he came forth a pastor, the stone of Israel. The God of thy father shall be thy helper, and the Almighty shall bless thee with the blessings of heaven above, with the blessings of the deep that lieth beneath, with the blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of thy father are strengthened with the blessings of his father: until the desire of the everlasting hills shall come; may they be upon the head of Joseph, and upon the crown of the Nazarite among his brethren.

GRADUAL – Psalm 36

Alleluia, alleluia. V. In whatever tribulation they shall cry to me, I will hear them, and be their protector always.

st joseph foster father of our Lord -

ALLELUIA 

Alleluia.  Obtain for us, Joseph, grace to lead an innocent life: and may our life ever be shielded by thy patronage.  Alleluia.

GOSPEL – Luke 3: 21-23

 Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

At that time: It came to pass, when all the people were baptized, that Jesus also being baptized and praying, heaven was opened: and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape as a dove upon Him: and a voice came from heaven: Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well pleased. And Jesus Himself was beginning about the age of thirty years: being (as it was supposed) the Son of Joseph.             

OFFERTORY  Psalm 147: 12, 13

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, because He hath strengthened the bolts of thy gates: He hath blessed thy children within thee. Alleluia, alleluia.

 SECRET

Supported by the patronage of thy Spouse of Thy Most Holy Mother, we beseech Thy clemency, O Lord, that Thou wouldst make our hearts to despise all earthy things and to love Thee, the true God, with perfect charity: who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost.

The fire miracle of Saint Peter Martyr by Antonio Vivarini

2nd Secret – St. Peter of Verona, M

Preces, quas tibi, Dómine, offérimus intercedénte beáto Petro Mártyre tuo, cleménter inténde: et propugnatóres fidei sub tua protectióne custódi. Per Dominum.

Graciously give ear, O Lord, to the prayers we offer Thee, and, through the intercession of blessed Peter, Thy martyr, keep under Thy protection those who defend the Faith. Through our Lord.

Preface of St. Joseph

It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: and that we should magnify with due praises, bless and proclaim Thee on the Solemnity of blessed Joseph; who, being a just man, was given by Thee as a Spouse to the Virgin Mother of God, and, as a faithful and prudent servant was set over Thy Family, that, with fatherly care, he might guard Thine only-begotten Son, conceived by the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost, even Jesus Christ, our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, and the Powers stand in awe. The heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with them we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted, while we say with lowly praise:

most holy sacrifice of the mass

THE SANCTUS

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dóminus Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt cæli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

COMMUNION – Matthew 1: 16

But Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ, alleluia, alleluia.

POSTCOMMUNION

We who are refreshed at the fountain of divine blessing, beseech Thee, O Lord our God: that as Thou makest us to rejoice in the protection of blessed Joseph so, by his merits and intercession, Thou wouldst make us to be sharers of heavenly glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth . . .

2nd Postcommunion – St. Peter of Verona, M

The Assassination of Saint Peter Martyr, by Giovanni Bellini.

The Assassination of Saint Peter Martyr, by Giovanni Bellini.

Fideles tuos, Dómine, custódiant sacraménta, quæ súmpsimus: et intercedénte beáto Petro Mártyre tuo, contra omnes advérsos tueántur incúrsus. Per Dominum.

May the sacraments which we have received, keep Thy faithful, O Lord, and, by the intercession of blessed Peter, Thy martyr, guard them against all assaults of the enemy. Through our Lord.

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Newchurch Rotten Fruits: Heretic Cardinal ‘Bravo’ Dolan Confers a Rare ‘Papal Knighthood’ on Rabbi Arthur Schneier!

From left, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Rabbi Arthur Schneier and Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza in New York on Monday. Credit Andrea Mohin-The New York Times

From left, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Rabbi Arthur Schneier and Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza in New York on Monday. Credit Andrea Mohin-The New York Times

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, conferred a papal knighthood on Rabbi Arthur Schneier on Monday, citing “the good works that he’s done” to promote religious freedom and international peace.

Rabbi Schneier, 85, is the senior rabbi of Park East Synagogue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, which was chosen as the first Jewish place of worship in the United States to be visited by a Roman Catholic pontiff when Pope Benedict XVI came to New York in 2008. Rabbi Schneier, a Holocaust survivor, has had private audiences with Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II, and welcomed Pope Francis to the Western Wall in Jerusalem last year.

And, as was noted at a ceremony at the residence of the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations, Rabbi Schneier has been a presence at conferences in world trouble spots to promote tolerance and resolve ethnic and religious conflicts. He founded the interfaith Appeal of Conscience Foundation in 1965.

Bergoglio hiding Christ from the Jews.

Bergoglio hiding Christ from  his brother Jews.

“You know this award to our beloved Rabbi Schneier comes from Pope Francis,” Cardinal Dolan said before pinning a Knight’s Cross on the rabbi. “It’s Pope Francis’s very touching, very tender way of confirming him in the good works that he’s done on behalf of religious freedom, international peace and justice.”

A crowd of dignitaries looked on. Among them were former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger; former Mayor David N. Dinkins; United States Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, a Democrat of New York; and Raymond W. Kelly, the former police commissioner.

Several religious leaders and officials also attended the ceremony, including Archbishop Demetrios, the spiritual leader of Greek Orthodox Christians of America; Archbishop Khajag Barsamian of the Armenian Church of America; Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid of the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood; Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, the executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis; Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League; and Rabbi Michael Miller, the executive vice president and chief executive of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. Rabbi Schneier’s son, Rabbi Marc Schneier, also attended.

Rocco Palmo, who follows the church hierarchy for the Catholic news blog Whispers in the Loggia, said that papal knighthoods were “rarely granted” and that it was unusual for a non-Catholic to receive such a title.

“Overwhelmingly, it’s to Catholics,” he said. “Ninety-nine-point-seven percent of these go to Catholics, but there have been cases in the last 25 years dating to the pontificate of John Paul II, who made better relations with Jews a priority, that Jews who have been supportive of the church’s work have been recommended for and received papal knighthoods.”

Respect between Catholics and Jews has increased in the 50 years since the Second Vatican Council. Rabbi Schneier called the document that reoriented the Catholic approach to Jews — “Nostra Aetate” (“In Our Age”) — “a turning point in Catholic-Jewish relations.”

Rabbi Schneier took note of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. “Sadly,” he said, “the hope for a new world order of peace has not materialized. We face once again a volatile world in conflict, with radical extremists having hijacked religion to legitimize their barbarism inflicted on religious minorities, particularly Christian minorities.”

Rabbi Schneier was named a papal knight of St. Sylvester, the oldest Catholic order of knighthood.

Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations, said papal knighthood was originally conferred on lay Roman Catholics, “but it came to be conferred on non-Catholics” as well. He added that Pope Pius X had broadened the eligibility in 1905 to include “worthy personalities not only of the church but of the society.”

He said past recipients of papal knighthood had included William J. Donovan, director of the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. The archbishop said Pope John Paul II had conferred knighthood on Bob Hope, Roy E. Disney and Rupert Murdoch.

Archbishop Auza said the title came with a formal, ornate uniform and a sword, but neither was presented at the ceremony. “We don’t have the uniform ready because we didn’t have the measurements of Rabbi Schneier,” Archbishop Auza said. Rabbi Schneier said he had a problem with the notion of a sword.

“I am for gun control, and sword control,” he said. “I’m for peace, not for swords, so what do I do?”

Cardinal Dolan replied, “Beat it into a plowshare.”

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Baltimore braced for another night of mayhem: 10,000 cops and National Guard ready to take the streets

Fire fight: A Baltimore police cruiser burned after being set alight on Monday following the outbreak of riots in the troubled city

Ten thousand police and National Guard are ready to be deployed to maintain calm across Baltimore after the Governor of Maryland vowed, ‘We are not going to have another night like last night.’ As the charred city tried to pick up the pieces from last night’s fiery looting and rioting following Freddie Gray’s emotive funeral, Governor Hogan announced he was moving his office from Annapolis to Baltimore to oversee the situation and has already put 500 troops on the streets. Already sporadic outbreaks of violence have broken out as protestors face off against police while volunteers attempt to clean up the damage that saw 150 vehicles set alight, 19 buildings burned and 235 arrests – including 34 juveniles. With parts of the city resembling a smoldering war zone, Hogan confirmed 5,000 law enforcement officers would strictly enforce the 10pm to 5am curfew with 5,000 National Guard on standby as local media report that looting in broad daylight is continuing. ‘It’s not going to happen again. We are not going to have another repeat of what happened last night,’ said a defiant Hogan. ‘We’ll be more prepared here,’ added Hogan. ‘We’ll have more people here from the police, from the Guard and from the fire departments around the state.’ The city, one of the largest on the East Coast, will effectively shut down tonight. Public schools were closed today and he Baltimore Orioles canceled their Tuesday night game at Camden Yards. National Guardsmen in helmets with face shields surrounded City Hall, standing behind bicycle-rack barriers. Last night’s unrest – which saw looters ransack stores, pharmacies and a shopping mall and clash with police in riot gear – was the most violent in the United States since Ferguson, Missouri, was torn by gunshots and arson late last year. The carnage wrought on the city left at least 20 officers hurt, including one critically.

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Baltimore braced for another night of mayhem: 10,000 cops and National Guard ready to take the streets as sporadic clashes begin.

Smoldering Baltimore picks up the pieces: Hurried clean-up after night of rioting and looting left huge fires raging, 20 cops injured and 235 arrests as 10,000 National Guard and police take to streets

  • Governor of Maryland has said the city has 5,000 police and up to 5,000 National Guard available to keep order
  • Spoke as sporadic outbreaks of violence broke out between police and protestors for a second day running
  • Already 500 National Guard have been deployed to the streets of the city and will protect ‘key assets’ tonight 
  • The mayor’s office says there were 150 + vehicle fires, 19 building fires and more than 235 arrests – including 34 juveniles – as a result of last night’s unrest
  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is temporarily moving his office from the state capital, Annapolis, to Baltimore to deal with the situation  
  • Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake branded the rioters ‘thugs’ and issued a 10pm-5am curfew starting on Tuesday
  • Governor Hogan told reporters that Blake took three hours to request the National Guard and said police had been ‘overwhelmed’ 
  • The Baltimore Orioles game with the Chicago White Sox has been postponed  
  • Freddie Gray, 25, died after suffering severed spine in police custody on April 12. He died days later on April 19  

Ten thousand police and National Guard are ready to be deployed to maintain calm across Baltimore after the Governor of Maryland vowed, ‘We are not going to have another night like last night.’

As the charred city tried to pick up the pieces from last night’s fiery looting and rioting following Freddie Gray’s emotive funeral, Governor Hogan announced he was moving his office from Annapolis to Baltimore to oversee the situation and has already put 500 troops on the streets.

Already sporadic outbreaks of violence have broken out as protestors face off against police while volunteers attempt to clean up the damage that saw 150 vehicles set alight, 19 buildings burned and 235 arrests – including 34 juveniles.

With parts of the city resembling a smoldering war zone, Hogan confirmed 5,000 law enforcement officers would strictly enforce the 10pm to 5am curfew with 5,000 National Guard on standby as local media report that looting in broad daylight is continuing.

‘It’s not going to happen again. We are not going to have another repeat of what happened last night,’ said a defiant Hogan.

‘We’ll be more prepared here,’ added Hogan. ‘We’ll have more people here from the police, from the Guard and from the fire departments around the state.’

The city, one of the largest on the East Coast, will effectively shut down tonight. Public schools were closed today and he Baltimore Orioles canceled their Tuesday night game at Camden Yards. National Guardsmen in helmets with face shields surrounded City Hall, standing behind bicycle-rack barriers.

Last night’s unrest – which saw looters ransack stores, pharmacies and a shopping mall and clash with police in riot gear – was the most violent in the United States since Ferguson, Missouri, was torn by gunshots and arson late last year.

The carnage wrought on the city left at least 20 officers hurt, including one critically as local gangs and high school students used social media to launch a coordinated ‘Purge’ – a slang term which comes from a film about rampaging lawlessness.

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Militarized: Members of the Maryland National Guard patrol the harbor section of Baltimore as the city began cleaning up the wreckage from rioting and fires that erupted after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died after suffering a spinal injury in police custodyMilitarized: Members of the Maryland National Guard patrol the harbor section of Baltimore as the city began cleaning up the wreckage from rioting and fires that erupted after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died after suffering a spinal injury in police custody

Maryland National Guardsmen patrol near downtown businesses at the order of Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan 

Maryland National Guardsmen patrol near downtown businesses at the order of Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan

Protecting the streets: A National Guard vehicle drives by a Maryland State Trooper in the aftermath of the huge riots that broke out in Baltimore on Monday

Protecting the streets: A National Guard vehicle drives by a Maryland State Trooper in the aftermath of the huge riots that broke out in Baltimore on Monday

Firefighters work to extinguish the smoldering remains of a senior center set ablaze during night riots in Baltimore that became so serious that the National Guard was deployedFirefighters work to extinguish the smoldering remains of a senior center set ablaze during night riots in Baltimore that became so serious that the National Guard was deployed

Unprecedented move: The ruins of the senior center smolder as it was announced that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is temporarily moving his office from the state capital, Annapolis, to Baltimore on Tuesday after rioting and fires broke out in the city. Hogan spokeswoman Erin Montgomery says the governor will visit sites around the city Tuesday morning and plans to work out of state offices in downtown Baltimore with Cabinet members and senior staffersUnprecedented move: The ruins of the senior center smolder as it was announced that Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is temporarily moving his office from the state capital, Annapolis, to Baltimore on Tuesday after rioting and fires broke out in the city. Hogan spokeswoman Erin Montgomery says the governor will visit sites around the city Tuesday morning and plans to work out of state offices in downtown Baltimore with Cabinet members and senior staffers

Senior center ruins: Monday's riot was the latest flare-up over the death of Gray and came amid a national debate over police use of force following the high-profile deaths of several black men in encounters with police - from the Brown death in Ferguson to the deaths of Eric Garner in New York and Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina

People stand outside the burned community center and apartments across the street from the Southern Baptist Church

Power: National Guard troops patrol in front of the Power Plant in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, Maryland, United States after their deployment by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan 

Morning after the night before: Maryland state troopers stand guard near to the site of a CVS pharmacy that was razed to the ground in Baltimore during the night 

Destruction: This downtown 7-11 was left almost totally ransacked when a mob ran through itDestruction: This downtown 7-11 was left almost totally ransacked when a mob ran through it

Total destruction: The burned out remains of the CVS Pharmacy, on the corner of West North Ave and Pennsylvania Ave

Helping out: Local residents get to work to clean up the debris left by rioters and looters after the city descended into lawlessness on Monday

Ruins: The $16 million senior center can be seen to have been razed to the ground during the riots that hit Baltimore on Monday

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tours the city Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Thanks: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan greets Baltimore police dressed in riot gear the morning after citywide riots

Soul searching: President Barack Obama speaks about the  Baltimore riots during his joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday

Speaking in the Rose Garden during the visit of Japanese Prime Minister, President Obama said that the nation shouldn’t be shocked at the level of anger that has turned to violence in Baltimore.

Speaking on the tension in Baltimore, the president said, ‘This is not new and we shouldn’t pretend its new.’

‘We as a country have to do some soul searching. This is not new.’

Saying that the behavior of police in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray raises ‘troubling questions’, the president said he understand there were ‘legitimate concerns in Baltimore’.

However he categorically turned on the looters and rioters and said that legitimate anger is no reason to burn and loot.

‘No excuse for the kind of violence we saw yesterday,’ said the president.

‘There’s no excuse for the kind of violence that we saw yesterday. It is counterproductive,’ said Obama said at a press conference from the White House.

‘When individuals get crowbars and start prying open doors to loot, they’re not protesting. They’re not making a statement. They’re stealing. When they burn down a building, they’re committing arson.

‘And they’re destroying and undermining businesses and opportunities in their own communities. That robs jobs and opportunity from people in that area.’

The president also said he spoke with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday.

He then expressed his sympathies for the 15 officers hurt in the riots last night.

‘My thoughts are with the police officers who were injured … underscores that it’s a tough job”

The president spoke about the need for policing and communities to come together to get ease racial tensions across the nation.

The president said if the US. is serious about solving the problem, the police need help, but also work on education and criminal justice reform.

He added that the nation needs to do a lot of soul searching on police issues and said that ‘we can’t just leave this to the police’ and that solving this problem, ‘Would require everybody.’

‘That was a really long answer. But I felt pretty strong about it.’

Picking up the pieces: Local resident Jerald Miller helps clean up debris from the pharmacy that was burnt out during last night's rioting

A Maryland State Trooper in riot gear lifts Joseph Haley, 3, on North Avenue in the wake of protests in Baltimore

A police officer walks through the looted check cashing store that was ransacked by looters and protestors on Monday after riots broke out in Baltimore

A looted wig shop was looted during the riots during which rioters broke into hundreds of businesses and took what they wanted 

Assistance: Local residents spend the early morning cleaning the streets following the night of rioting that struck Baltimore on Monday 

Residents clean streets as law enforcement officers stand guard in Baltimore, in the aftermath of rioting that set parts of the city ablaze

Devastation: Firefighters work to extinguish the smoldering remains of a senior center set ablaze during night riots on Tuesday night

Baltimore firefighters inspect a CVS pharmacy: After the looting began, pastors and other local figures took to the streets to try to prevent violent clashes between black youth and police and Gray's family renewed their pleas for peaceful demonstrations

The E-Z Mart on the corner of West North and North Fulton Avenues was damaged and looted

Rashad Kahn stands in front of his grocery mart that was damaged

Back in Baltimore, Maj. Gen. Linda Singh, adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, said up to 5,000 troops would be available for Baltimore’s streets.

‘We are going to be out in massive force, and that just means basically that we are going to be patrolling the streets and out to ensure that we are protecting property,’ Singh said at a news conference Monday night.

Singh said they will be acting at the direction of Baltimore police and this was not a military take over and not martial law.

This is the first time the National Guard has been called out to quell unrest in Baltimore since 1968, when some of the same neighborhoods burned after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

‘We’re not going to leave the city unprotected,’ Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan vowed during a visit in the morning to a West Baltimore intersection that on Monday was littered with burning cars, a smashed police vehicle and broken glass.

‘Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who — in a very senseless way — are trying to tear down what so many have fought for,’ said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

‘What happened … destroyed so much of the progress that the people who actually live here have been working for,’ said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and called Monday ‘a very dark day for our city.’

She later tweeted, ‘We will not let these deplorable and cowardly acts of violence ruin our city’. ‘I sincerely want to thank all those out there cleaning up streets and sharing their love for #OurCity. Thank you, Baltimore!,’

State and local authorities pledged to restore order and calm to Baltimore, but quickly found themselves responding to questions about whether their initial responses had been adequate.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was asked why she waited hours to ask the governor to declare a state of emergency, while the governor himself hinted she should have come to him earlier.

‘We were all in the command center in the second floor of the State House in constant communication, and we were trying to get in touch with the mayor for quite some time,’ Gov. Larry Hogan told a Monday evening news conference. ‘She finally made that call, and we immediately took action.’

Asked if the mayor should have called for help sooner, however, Hogan replied that he didn’t want to question what Baltimore officials were doing: ‘They’re all under tremendous stress. We’re all on one team.’

‘The violence started at 3pm on Monday and we had prior plans in place,’ said Hogan.

‘We had activated our emergency command center and spoken to the National Guard and the White House

‘She (Blake) requested this at 6pm and we did so immediately because we had already mobilized

‘I don’t want to place any blame. Our response was incredible and we acted instantaneously.’

Gone: $50,000 is estimated as the bill for looting from and damage to Rajneesh Nagpal's gas station, where an ATM was busted open

Civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (right), meets with residents who are cleaning up their neighborhood in Baltimore on Tuesday morning

Helping hands: A woman cleans up a CVS store that was looted and set on fire during clashes with police on Monday in Baltimore

Remnants: The charred ruins of a senior center set ablaze during night riots smolder at dawn on April 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland

Brushing themselves off and starting again: Julianna Lucas, 15, joins a neighborhood clean up crew to clear shattered glass and detritus from outside a Save a Lot food store the morning after citywide looting and riots

Law enforcement officers with the Charles County Sheriff Department stand guard in front of Target at Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore

Rawlings-Blake said officials believed they had gotten the unrest that had erupted over the weekend under control ‘and I think it would have been inappropriate to bring in the National Guard when we had it under control.’

But later on, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts made it clear events had become unmanageable. ‘They just outnumbered us and outflanked us,’ Batts said. ‘We needed to have more resources out there.’

Batts said authorities had had a ‘very trying and disappointing day.’

Police certainly had their work cut out for them: The rioters set police cars and buildings on fire in several neighborhoods, looted a mall and liquor stores and threw rocks at police with riot gear who responded occasionally with pepper spray.

‘I understand anger, but what we’re seeing isn’t anger,’ Rawlings-Blake said. ‘It’s disruption of a community. The same community they say they care about, they’re destroying. You can’t have it both ways.’

Indeed, residents rushed to clean up the city after the devastation of the night before.

Laquicha Harper, a 30-year-old Baltimore resident told CNN that she thought the destruction was embarrassing and ‘heartbreaking’.

‘I understand that everybody is upset, I understand that tension is brewing … I’m here, I get it,’ she said. ‘But there are better ways that we can handle our frustration. And they can’t hear us when we’re behaving this way.’

While fire engines could still be heard racing across the city, the National Guard began to file onto the streets of Baltimore, taking up positions around the city’s Western District and the inner harbor.

Police and Maryland National Guard members stand guard outside City Hall in Baltimore after protesters incensed by the death of a young black man in police custody went on the rampage

Two women sweeping up the streets are reflected in the broken window of a check cashing store in Baltimore.  Riot police and National Guard troops stood guard on the smouldering streets of Baltimore on Tuesday

Flames: A storefront was set on fire around midnight at Baker Street in Baltimore.  Firemen and police officers responded to control the situation on Monday nightFlames: A storefront was set on fire around midnight at Baker Street in Baltimore. Firemen and police officers responded to control the situation on Monday night

National Guard spokesman Col. Charles Kohler says guard members are hooking up with police and providing additional security at critical infrastructure. Kohler declined say how many were arriving Tuesday, but says the guard can build to a force of 5,000National Guard spokesman Col. Charles Kohler says guard members are hooking up with police and providing additional security at critical infrastructure. Kohler declined say how many were arriving Tuesday, but says the guard can build to a force of 5,000

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, declared a state of emergency on Monday and the National Guard was arriving in the city

Some expressed sympathy with the display of anger some of the young people had expressed, saying they too are furious with the police.

‘I’m 38, but had I been 12, I probably would have been out there,’ said Katrina Carter to the New York Times.

However, she did say the rioters need to understand that violence is not the way to create justice.

Indeed, the Rev. Jamal Bryant who gave Freddie Gray’s eulogy added to the chorus of voice pleading with the rioters to think about what they are doing.

This is not what the family asked for, today of all days,’ said Mr. Bryant. ‘For us to come out of the burial and walk into this is absolutely inexcusable.’ He said he was ‘asking every young person to go back home,’ adding, ‘it’s frustration, anger and it’s disrespect for the family.

Gray’s death gave new energy to the public outcry over police treatment of African Americans that flared last year after police killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, New York City and elsewhere.

But the violence appeared to catch city officials and community leaders somewhat off-guard after a week of mostly peaceful protests following Gray’s death on April 19.

Police van ablaze: Television images showed mobs of rioters jumping on top of a police car, destroying a taxi and setting two other patrol cars on fire after teenaged crowds ignored calls to disperse and clashed with lines of hundreds of policePolice van ablaze: Television images showed mobs of rioters jumping on top of a police car, destroying a taxi and setting two other patrol cars on fire after teenaged crowds ignored calls to disperse and clashed with lines of hundreds of police.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, declared a state of emergency on Monday and the National Guard fanned out around the city. A one-week 10pm to 5am curfew was also imposed in the largely black city starting Tuesday night, with exceptions for work and medical emergencies.

Monday’s rioting was one of the most volatile outbreaks of violence prompted by a police-involved death since the days of protests that followed the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed during a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer.

Aerial footage Tuesday morning from Baltimore station WJZ-TV showed a firefighter spraying the burnt out shell of a large building as an American flag fluttered nearby on an untouched building.

Gov. Hogan was temporarily moving his office to Baltimore on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the governor said Hogan would be visiting sites around the city and planned to work out of state offices in downtown Baltimore with cabinet members and senior staffers.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in her first day on the job, said she would send Justice Department officials to the city in coming days. A weeklong, daily curfew was imposed beginning Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., the mayor said, and Baltimore public schools announced they would be closed Tuesday.

Demonstrators climb on a destroyed Baltimore Police car in the street near the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues during violent protests following the funeral of Freddie GrayDemonstrators climb on a destroyed Baltimore Police car in the street near the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues during violent protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray

The violence appeared to catch city officials and community leaders somewhat off-guard after a week of mostly peaceful protests following Gray's death on April 19The violence appeared to catch city officials and community leaders somewhat off-guard after a week of mostly peaceful protests following Gray’s death on April 19

A Baltimore firefighter attacks a fire at a convenience store and residence during clashes after the funeral of Freddie Gray in BaltimoreA Baltimore firefighter attacks a fire at a convenience store and residence during clashes after the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore

Police stand nearby as firefighters attack a fire in a convenience store and residence during clashes after the funeral of Freddie GrayPolice stand nearby as firefighters attack a fire in a convenience store and residence during clashes after the funeral of Freddie Gray

The Baltimore mayor's office says there were 144 vehicle fires, 15 structures fires and nearly 200 arrests in the unrest that broke out in the cityThe Baltimore mayor’s office says there were 144 vehicle fires, 15 structures fires and nearly 200 arrests in the unrest that broke out in the city

Local television footage showed firefighters on the scene of one many fires that broke out overnight and residents sweeping up debris on city streets as dawn broke Tuesday in BaltimoreLocal television footage showed firefighters on the scene of one many fires that broke out overnight and residents sweeping up debris on city streets as dawn broke Tuesday in Baltimore

Devastating: This is the scene of a fire which burned down a $16 million nursing home that a Baptist church spent eight years buildingDevastating: This is the scene of a fire which burned down a $16 million nursing home that a Baptist church spent eight years building

Police and firefighters have been called to blazes across Baltimore after several buildings were set alight by protestors Police and firefighters have been called to blazes across Baltimore after several buildings were set alight by protestors

Col. William Pallozzi, the superintendent of the state police, said a request for up to 500 additional law enforcement personnel in Maryland had been sent. Pallozzi added that the state is putting out a request for up to 5,000 more law enforcement personnel from around the mid-Atlantic region.

Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings and about 200 others, including ministers, tried unsuccessfully to quell the violence at one point Monday night, marching arm-in-arm through a neighborhood littered with broken glass, flattened aluminum cans and other debris.

As they got close to a line of police officers, the marchers went down on their knees. They then rose to their feet and walked until they were face-to-face with the police officers in a tight formation and wearing riot gear.

Mayor Blake said on Twitter on Tuesday that she was beginning her day with a survey of the most damaged areas.

A $16 million nursing home built by a Baptist church, which was due to open in December after eight years of construction, was burned to rubble on the city’s east side as violence spread from the west of the city. Just two blocks away, a housing development was also ablaze.

Officials feared the fires were sparked to pull emergency services from the west side of the city, where rioters continued to loot gun stores, check cashing stores, liquor stores and supermarkets well into Tuesday morning. Balaclava-clad mobs were seen ripping the doors off one rifle shop and passing weapons to people on the streets.

When a CVS pharmacy was set ablaze, rioters slashed fire fighters’ hoses as they tried to battle the flames.

The unrest - which saw looters ransack stores, pharmacies and a shopping mall and clash with police in riot gear - was the most violent in the United States since Ferguson, Missouri, was torn by gunshots and arson late last year

State of emergency: Baltimore is in flames and the Maryland National Guard is on standby as riots escalate after Freddie Gray's funeral

A man has his eyes cleaned after he was pepper sprayed by the Baltimore Police as violence escalated in Maryland's largest city

'War zone': A rioter wearing a gas mask punches his fist in the air as the streets  fill with smoke while police attempt to restore order

‘War zone’: A rioter wearing a gas mask punches his fist in the air as the streets fill with smoke while police attempt to restore order

A firefighter uses a saw to open a metal gate while fighting a fire in a convenience store and residence during clashes in Baltimore 

Baltimore firefighters and police are the only ones exempt from the curfew as they try and control blazes erupting throughout the city Baltimore firefighters and police are the only ones exempt from the curfew as they try and control blazes erupting throughout the city

Fire fight: A Baltimore police cruiser burned after being set alight on Monday following the outbreak of riots in the troubled cityFire fight: A Baltimore police cruiser burned after being set alight on Monday following the outbreak of riots in the troubled city

Police van ablaze: Television images showed mobs of rioters jumping on top of a police car, destroying a taxi and setting two other patrol cars on fire after teenaged crowds ignored calls to disperse and clashed with lines of hundreds of police

Smoke billows from a CVS Pharmacy store in Baltimore on Monday evening after looters raided the store and set it alight

Fire hose slashed: As fire fighters tried to extinguish the flames in the CVS pharmacy, rioters slashed the hose

Fifteen police officers have been injured, many with broken bones, and at least one appeared ‘unresponsive’

Fires have raged at buildings throughout Baltimore after protests continued and intensified following Freddie Gray's funeral 

Fires have raged at buildings throughout Baltimore after protests continued and intensified following Freddie Gray’s funeral

By nightfall, groups started moving toward more affluent areas near Camden Yards stadium, prompting Monday night’s White Sox v Orioles game to be suspended.

Just hours after Gray was laid to rest on Monday at a service attended by 2,500, including luminaries of the civil rights movement, hundreds of protestors started throwing rocks and stones at dozens of police in riot gear. It soon escalated into uncontrolled destruction.

According to a report by the Baltimore Sun, the unrest grew from a dispute between police officers and students earlier on Monday, when the teenagers started looting stores. Photographs and video during the day have captured scenes of officers throwing rocks, prompting many to accuse law enforcement of fueling the situation.

Families were forced to flee their homes in west Baltimore as it approached morning and nearby stores were being set alight. Video footage emerged of a shopkeeper was also seen being pulled from his store and beaten as the riots spread.

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Pope Francis meets UN chief ahead of key environmental statement

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Pope Francis meets United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon for informal talks on environmental issues…

Pope Francis has met with United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon for informal talks, just weeks before the Vatican is due to issue a statement on environmental issues that could have a profound impact on the worldwide debate on global warming.

The two leaders had a private talk for half an hour on the sidelines of a workshop on moral questions relating to climate change and sustainable development, Vatican officials said without divulging what had been discussed.

Addressing the seminar, Mr Ban said his talks with the pontiff had been “fruitful and wide-ranging”.

He said he was looking forward to the upcoming encyclical from the church, expected in June or July this year.

An encyclical is a statement of fundamental principles issued in the form of a letter from the Pope to bishops around the world.

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“Science and religion are not at odds on climate change,” Mr Ban said.

“Indeed they are fully aligned.”

Campaigners on climate change believe that an expression of concern from the church about the impact of global warming and a signal of support for steps to reduce the fossil fuel consumption needs to be made.

They believe the church could have great influence on the global debate over the scale of global warming.

Pope Francis is due to address the UN Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September.

The international community will seek to agree a universal agreement on climate change at a summit in Paris in December.

“Paris is not the end point, but must be a turning point in finding a common way forward in meeting the climate challenge,” he said.

Climate change skeptics have warned the Pope that it would be folly for the Catholic Church to integrate the UN’s view of global warming into its official teaching, arguing that the views of people like Mr Ban are not grounded in reliable science.

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Furious mother catches her masked son preparing to join Baltimore protests, smacks him upside the head!

Furious mother catches her masked son preparing to join Baltimore protests and smacks him upside the head in front of his rioting pals and chases him home.

  • Maryland mom is being hailed as hero after video emerged late on Monday 
  • She saw son throwing rocks at police on TV and then tracked him down
  • Boy was wearing a black ski mask on his face and was dressed in all black
  • Mother rained blows down on her son’s head as he struggled to get away  
  • Police Commissioner Anthony Batts praised the mom at press conference

A Baltimore mother is being hailed for doing her part to quell the violence on after a video of her smacking her son upside the head when she spotted him rioting and throwing rocks at police emerged on Monday. The unidentified mom recognized her son even though he was wearing a black ski mask that covered much of his face. When the mother spotted her son, who was also dressed in all black, on TV throwing rocks she went after him like a heat-seeking missile.

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The encounter, which was captured by WMAR. didn’t take long but it certainly looked painful for the regretful rioter. Blows rained down on the son’s head as he struggled to get away while a large crowd looked on. He eventually was able to separate himself from his mother, but not before she had gotten the mask off of his face. As he walked away from the scene, his mother trailed after him while carrying a pink cellphone.

One woman said: 'Baltimore doesn't need the National Guard - they need more parents like this one!'One woman said: ‘Baltimore doesn’t need the National Guard – they need more parents like this one!’

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts also mentioned it when he spoke at a press conference shortly before midnight on Monday. Batts said: ‘In one scene you had a mother who grabbed a child who had a hood on his head and started smacking him on the head because she was so embarrassed. ‘I wish there were more parents out there who took charge of their kids tonight.’ He later added: ‘Take control of your kids. This is our city, let’s make a difference.’

Blows rained down on the son's head as he struggled to get away while a large crowd looked on

The video did not fly under the radar on social media either and many Twitter users began re-posting it and saying the woman was the ‘Mom of the Year’.  One woman wrote: ‘That MOM in Baltimore that Smacked her kid for Looting, deserves MOM of the YEAR. Other MOMS should be doing the same!’ Another woman said: ‘Baltimore doesn’t need the National Guard – they need more parents like this one!’

Fox business reporter Charles V Payne chimed in: ‘Mom of the year in Baltimore… my mother would have did same thing…’

A man joked: ‘Make sure it’s ok with your parents before rioting.’

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ST PAUL OF THE CROSS – Mass Propers

April 28 St Paul of the Cross St. Paul of the Cross, Confessor

Paul of the Cross was sprung of a noble family of the Danes, at Castellazzo, hard by Alessandria, in the Province of Acqui, in the territory of the then Republic of Genoa, but was born at Ovadia, in the same province. The holiness with which he was afterwards to shine was foreshown by a strange light which filled his mother’s chamber while she was in labor, and by the remarkable help which was bestowed upon him by the great Queen of Heaven, who delivered him unhurt from certain destruction when he was fallen into a river as a lad. From the first use of reason he burnt with love for Jesus crucified, and began to spend long times in contemplating Him. He chastised his innocent flesh with watching, scourging, fasting, and all severe hardships, and on Friday he drank vinegar mingled with gall. He was seized with a desire for martyrdom, and enlisted in the army which was being raised at Venice to fight against the Turks but in consequence of the Will of God, made ​​known to him while he was in prayer, he left the army in order to serve in a more exalted regiment whose duty it should be to defend the Church and to toil for the eternal salvation of men. When he returned home he refused a very honorable marriage, and also the inheritance which was bequeathed to him by his father’s brother, straits and would fain enter upon a way of the cross and be clad by his own Bishop with a rough tunic. By command of the Bishop, on account of his eminent holiness of life and knowledge of the things of God, he began, even before he became a clerk, to toil in the Lord’s field with great profit of souls by preaching the Word.

He betook himself to Rome, and when he had there studied a regular course of theology he was ordained Priest in obedience to the command of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict 13., who also gave him permission to gather comrades around him. He withdrew to the solitude of Mount Argentaro, whither he had been already called by the Blessed Virgin, at which same time she also showed him in vision a black habit marked with the emblems of the sufferings of her Son. At Mount the bank, and he laid the foundations of his new Congregation, which under the blessing of God grew quickly, through the labors of Paul, and attracted to it eminent men. It received more than once the confirmation of the Apostolic See, with the rules which Paul himself had received from God in prayer and the addition of a fourth vow, that, namely, to promote the blessed remembrance of the sufferings of the Lord. He founded a congregation of holy virgins also, who should dwell constantly upon the overflowing love of the Divine Bridegroom. Amid all these works his untiring love for souls caused him never to weary in the preaching of the Gospel, and he led into the path of salvation men almost countless, among whom were some of the most lost, or those who had fallen into heresy. The greatest and most wonderful power of his preaching was how he told of the sufferings of Christ, so that he himself and his hearers would alike burst into tears, and hardened hearts were cloven by repentance.

The fire of the love of God burnt so in his heart that the part of his under-garment which was next thereto often presented the appearance of having been scorched, and two of his ribs seemed to be raised. He could not withhold his tears, more especially when he was saying Mass, and when he was in a state of trance, as oftentimes befell, his body was sometimes seen to be raised into the air, and his face to shine as with light from Heaven. Sometimes when he was preaching a heavenly voice was heard prompting him, or his words became audible at the distance of several miles. He was eminent for the gifts of prophecy, of speaking with tongues, of reading the heart, and of power over evil spirits, over diseases, and over the inanimate elements of nature. The Supreme Pontiffs themselves regarded him as dear and venerable, but he held himself to be but an unprofitable servant, and a sinful wretch upon whom devils might well trample. He held to the bitter hardships of his life, even unto a great age, and passed to heaven from Rome, (upon the 18th day of October,) being the day which he had himself foretold, in the year 1775, after he had addressed noble exhortations to his disciples which are as the heritage of his spirit, and had been comforted by the sacraments of the Church, and by an heavenly vision. The Supreme Pontiff Pius IX. numbered his name among those of the blessed, and then, after renewed signs and wonders, among those of the Saints. –  Roman Breviary – Matins: Lessons 4-6

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SAINT VITALIS, MARTYR

There are few Martyrs of the West, whose names are more celebrated than those of Saints Gervasius and Protasius. The veneration in which they are held by the Roman Church, has led her to honor the memory of their father, who also won the palm under the persecution of Nero. She has chosen for his feast the glad Season of Easter. The account, given by the Liturgy, upon St. Vitalis, is short; but we can gather, from the few circumstances related, what fine characters these primitive Christians were, who received the crown of martyrdom under the first of all the Persecutions, — the one that numbers, among its choicest victims, the two Apostles Saints Peter and Paul.

Vitalis was a soldier, and the father of Saints Gervasius and Protasius. Coming one day into Ravenna, in company with the judge Paulinus, there was being led to execution, for his having confessed the Christian faith, a certain Ursicinus, a physician. Vitalis observing that his courage was somewhat staggered by the tortures, cried out to him: Ursicinus thou that art a physician, and curest other men, take heed lest thou wound thyself with the dart of eternal death!”

Encouraged by these words, Ursicinus bravely suffered martyrdom. Whereupon, Paulinus was exceedingly angry, and ordered Vitalis to be seized, tortured on the rack, and then thrown into a deep pit, where he was to be buried alive by stones being thrown upon him. This done, one of the priests of Apollo, who had excited Paulinus against Vitalis, was possessed by a devil, and began shouting these words: O Vitalis, Martyr of Christ, thou burnest me beyond endurance! Mad with the inward burning, he threw himself into a river. Sin is the enemy of the soul; it throws her back again into that death, whence Jesus had drawn her by his Resurrection. To preserve one of thy brethren from this misery, thou, O Vitalis, bravely raisedst a cry of zealous warning to him in the midst of his torments, and thy words awakened him to self-possession and courage. Show this same fraternal charity to us. We are living with the Life of our Risen Jesus; but the enemy is bent on robbing us of this manner of snares wherewith to deceive us; he will give us battle, and this untiringly. Pray then for us, O holy Martyr, that we may be on our guard, and that the mystery of the Pasch may be fully accomplished within us, now and forever! – The Liturgical Year – Dom Prosper Gueranger

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ST PAUL OF THE CROSS With a Commemoration of St. Vitalis – Tuesday in the Third Week After the Octave of Easter / Within the Octave of St. Joseph

Double / White Vestments –  Missa – ‘Christo confixus’

INTROIT – Galatians 2: 19, 20 

Christo confixus sum cruci: vivo autem, jam non ego: vivit vero in me Christus: in fide vivo Fílii Dei, qui diléxit me, et trádidit semetípsum pro me, allelúia, allelúia. Ps. 40: 2. Beátus qui intélligit super egénum et páuperem: in die mala liberábit eum Dóminus. Gloria Patri.

With Christ I am nailed to the cross: but I live, now not I but Christ liveth in me. I live in the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and delivered Himself for me. Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. Blessed is he that  understandeth concerning the needy and the poor: the Lord will deliver him in the evil day. Glory be to the Father.

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COLLECT

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst endow St. Paul with exceeding charity to preach the mystery of the Cross, and didst will that through him a new family should spring up in Thy Church, grant us, by his intercession, that, constantly venerating Thy passion on earth, we may be worthy to partake of its fruits in heaven. Who livest and reignest.

Collect – Commemoration of St. Vitalis Martyr

Grant we beseech the almighty God, that we who celebrate the martyrdom of blessed Vitalis, through his intercession be strengthened in your love Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For the word of the Cross, to them indeed that perish, is foolishness - but to them that are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God

EPISTLE – I Corinthians 1: 17-25

Brethren, Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not in wisdom of speech, lest the Cross of Christ should be made void. For the word of the Cross, to them indeed that perish, is foolishness: but to them that are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God. For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the prudence of the prudent I will reject. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of our preaching to save them that believe.  For both the Jews require signs, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumbling-block, and unto the Gentiles foolishness; but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

PASCAL ALLELUIA – II Corinthians 5: 15 

Alleluia, alleluia. V. Christ died for all; that they also who live may not now live to themselves, but to Him who died for them, and rose again. Alleluia.

ALLELUIA –  Romans 8:17

Alleluia. And if sons, heirs also: heirs indeed of God, and joint heirs with Christ; yet so if we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified with Him.  Alleluia.

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GOSPEL – Luke 10: 1-9 

At that time, The Lord appointed also other seventy-two; and He sent them two and two before His face into every city and place whither He Himself was to come. And He said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He send laborers into His harvest. Go, behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say, Peace be to this house: and if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him: but if not, it shall return to you. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they have: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house. And into what city soever you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you; and heal the sick that are therein; and say to them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

OFFERTORY – Ephesians 5: 2

Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered Himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God, for an odor of sweetness. Alleluia.

SECRET

May these mysteries of Thy passion and death, O Lord, obtain for us that heavenly fervour by which St. Paul, when he offered the same, presented his own body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing unto Thee. Who livest and reignest

April 28 - martyrdom of Saint Vitalis. This 14th-century French manuscript depicts Vitalis being buried alive

SECRET – Commemoration of St. Vitalis 

As thou hast received our gifts and prayers, O Lord, cleanse us, we ask by thy heavenly mysteries, and graciously hear us.

PREFACE OF EASTER

It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation that at all times, but more especially at this season, we should extol Thy glory, O Lord, when Christ our  Pasch was sacrificed. For He is the true Lamb that hath taken away the sins of the world: Who by dying hath overcome our death, and by rising again hath restored our life. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the heavenly hosts, we sing a hymn to Thy glory, saying without ceasing:

At the Sanctus

THE SANCTUS

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dóminus Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt cæli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus  qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

COMMUNION – I Peter 4:13

If you partake of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice, that when His glory shall be revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. Alleluia.

POSTCOMMUNION

We have received, O Lord, Thy divine sacrament, the perpetual memorial of Thine infinite love; grant, we beseech Thee, that, by the merits of St. Paul and by imitating him, we may draw from Thy fountains the water that gusheth out unto life eternal, and may by our life and actions bear Thy sacred passion deep graven upon our hearts. Who livest and reignest…

POSTCOMMUNION Commemoration of St. Vitalis 

Grant, we pray, O Lord our God, that we who in time render joyful service in memory of thy saints, may be gladdened by their company in eternity. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee…